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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 16, 1862

Fort Donelson Surrendered

General Ulysses S. Grant demanded (and received) the unconditional surrender of the Confederates at Fort Donelson. This victory ensured that Kentucky would stay in the Union and left Tennessee vulnerable along both the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. For this and the victory at Fort Henry, Grant received a promotion to major general. He also earned the nickname “Unconditional Surrender” Grant. Ironically, the head of the Confederate garrison who surrendered was an old friend of Grant’s.